help needed with WP

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Hi all web gurus

I could use some help/guidance with wordpress, as I'm still quite a newbie with it, but not newbie in web design.

issue is: I'm about to do some heavy updating to existing WP site of mine, meaning changing the template completely, some structural changes etc.

I'm planning on keeping the current posts n pages about as they are though, but not sure which is the best way to "update" the whole site? I can run the theme locally of course, but that's about it. The thing is, I get some visitors already and they are growing day by day so don't want to "rape" the site now...

how hard it would be for WP-newbie like me to get the whole site on local PC (with DB etc.) and then do all the needed updates for layout/content etc. and then upload it to live server and and still have it fully functional with DB etc.?

I'm quite useless what comes to backend stuff so I'm afraid that I might mess the whole site up, also due moving houses, I'm hanging on with ****ty 3G connection at least till next week.

guidance more than welcome

- Yucca
#website design #needed
  • Profile picture of the author FrankLie
  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    You are mixing two different issues.

    1. Changing just the design; i.e. installing another theme should NOT affect anything in your blog.

    2. Having a local version on your own computer - using WAMP or XAMPP - has been described here and in zillion places of the WWW, just search for it.

    FYI: if you are not good with technical stuff... don't mess with it. There is no other way: you either learn it or you don't touch it. Do you know of a third way?

    P.S. Before coming here for advice regarding a specific software (like WP) you should always go to the "horse's mouth" ---> Main Page « WordPress Codex (the online WP manual)
  • Profile picture of the author xtrapunch
    You don't need to download the entire site if you just need to redesign the site. Create a local site or even a demo subdomain and start working with the design. By using a subdomain on your existing Web server, you can also connect it to the database of your actual site. Once you have your theme ready, download the entire theme folder (or ZIP and download). Upload this folder on your main site.

    As you have already been told, the best place to find answers to your WP-related questions is WordPress Codex site.

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